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Gonzales cites commitment to Indian Country (August 15, 2007)

U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales met with Michigan tribes on Tuesday and said the Bush administration was committed to public safety on reservations. The visit to the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians' center in Petoskey was not Gonzales'...

Marijuana plants seized on Colville Reservation (August 15, 2007)

Nearly 10,000 marijuana plants were seized on the Colville Reservation in Washington on Tuesday. Authorities arrested two men who were part of a sophisticated grow operation. The drug s were reportedly worth $1 million. This is the second drug...

United League of Indigenous Nations formed (August 15, 2007)

Nearly a dozen tribes are the first signatories to a treaty forming the forming the United League of Indigenous Nations. Tribal nations from Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States signed the treaty during a meeting on the Lummi...

President Bush signs three Indian bills into law (August 15, 2007)

President Bush signed three Indian bills into law on Monday. The bills help tribes in Michigan and Oregon with economic development projects. The tribe will be able to lease, convey or sell non-trust land without the approval of the Interior...

Ute man charged with murder after domestic incident (August 15, 2007)

A member of the Ute Tribe of Utah was charged with second-degree murder for the fatal shooting of a woman at his home on the Uintah and Ouray Reservation. Nathan Dutchie, 37, told FBI agents that he had been arguing...

Mother of drowned boy wants bullies banished (August 15, 2007)

Saying she will "never forgive them," the mother of a six-year-old boy who drowned to death wants three bullies banished from the Pauingassi First Nation of Manitoba. Rosalie Keeper says her son Adam was picked on by one of...

Jodi Rave: Pueblo woman takes over Indian law center (August 15, 2007)

"Helen Padilla has been involved with some of the most venerable Indian law enterprises of her time, ranging from gaming commissions and state-level Indian Cabinets to working within some of the country’s oldest and newest tribal government structures. Now, Padilla,...

Concrete plant defies Yakama Nation stop work order (August 15, 2007)

A concrete plant in Washington plans to defy a stop work order issued by the Yakama Nation. Central Pre-Mix, one of Yakima County's main sources of concrete, closed its doors on Monday. The tribe said the company lacked proper permits....

Amid scandal, Rep. Hastert plans resignation (August 15, 2007)

Rep. Dennis Hastert (R-Illinois), a player in a string of Republican scandals on Capitol Hill, plans to announce his resignation on Friday. Hastert, the former speaker of the House, accepted campaign contributions from convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff. He then wrote...

Unrecognized tribe cites 10K immigrant recruitments (August 15, 2007)

The leader of an unrecognized tribe in Kansas says more than 10,000 immigrants have been recruited for membership. The Kaweah Indian Nation is part of a federal investigation into the sale of membership to Mexican nationals. Two people have been...

Court in Minnesota extends state jurisdiction (August 15, 2007)

Minnesota's interest in public safety trumps tribal sovereignty, a state appeals court ruled on Tuesday. The state lacks civil and criminal jurisdiction on the Red Lake Ojibwe Reservation. But the Minnesota Court of Appeals said the state can commit...

Adopted daughter of Lisa Tiger murdered in Oklahoma (August 15, 2007)

Shelleigh Poor Bear, the adopted daughter AIDS activist Lisa Tiger, was murdered in a hotel room in Oklahoma on Monday. Poor Bear, 18, was stabbed to death. Police arrested Enrique Pacheco, 18, the father of their 10-month-old son, on...

Yellow Bird: Inside and outside the Sundance circle (August 15, 2007)

"In my 13th year of Sundance at the Sitting Bull camp in South Dakota, on the night we call the Blue Day, the moon was so full and bright it was like day. One of our Sundance leaders said,...

Cherokee Nation chief sworn into another term (August 15, 2007)

Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chad Smith was sworn into his third term as leader of the second largest tribe in the U.S. on Tuesday. Smith urged the tribe to stay united amid attacks on its sovereignty. He cited "hostile...

Rep. Watson schedules meetings on Freedmen (August 15, 2007)

Rep. Diane Watson (D-California) will attend two meetings in Oklahoma next week to discuss the Freedmen of the Cherokee Nation. Watson is sponsoring a bill to strip the tribe of its federal funds until the Freedmen are restored to citizenship....

Senate field hearing on Indian health in Montana (August 15, 2007)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee holds a field hearing today on Indian health. The hearing takes place on the Crow Reservation in Montana. It was convened at the request of Sen. Jon Tester (D-Montana), said Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-North Dakota),...